Patriots coach Bill Belichick checked in with Notre Dame on Thursday.
Louis Nix is the "1" difference for Notre Dame, Lou Somogyi writes on BlueandGold.com. (Subscription required)
Opportunity knocks for Troy Niklas, Jack Freeman shows in a video on IrishIllustrated.com.
Ishaq Williams is ready to hold his own, Tony Krausz writes for the Fort-Wayne Journal-Gazette.